- Dental hygiene will continue to grow based on dental care
needs of the public.
- Job opportunities continue to be good.
- Part-time work and flexible schedules are common.
WHAT DENTAL HYGIENISTS DO:
- Dental hygienists are professionals, licensed by the state in
which they practice in, who omplete extensive educational and
clinical preparation in preventive oral health care. A
dental hygienist is a clinician, oral health care educator,
health promoter, consumer advocate, administrator, and
- The responsibilities of a dental hygienist include the
development, implementation, and evaluation of a dental
hygiene plan of care that is based on the needs of the
patient. Clinical services can include: evaluate
and monitor medical and dental health histories,
examining, assessing, and documenting oral conditions
including the head and neck, expose, process, and interpret
x-rays, administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide
analgesia, removal of calculus and stain that form on
the teeth, application of caries-preventive agents such as
fluorides and pit and fissure sealants, administer local and
nitrous oxide anesthetics, provide dietary education and
counseling, and design and implement community or school oral
Health Care Workers' Exposure Risks
Interested students are encouraged to visit the
Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures
, click on Resources, and then scroll down to
infection control guidelines. This site is modified
regularly and the prospective student will have the most
up-to-date information on occupational exposure risks in the
Workers in other occupations
supporting health practitioners in an office setting include dental
assistants, ophthalmic medical assistants, podiatric medical
assistants, office nurses, medical assistants, physician
assistants, physical therapy assistants, and occupational therapy
Completion of the three year
Associate s degree, final written and clinical exams
enables the graduate to sit for the state licensure exam.
experiences occur within the college as the students work with
patients from the University, community, and local schools in the
College s 30-seat Dental Hygiene Clinic.